YRACUSE, N.Y. -- John Thompson III spent the past couple of weeks winning games and fielding questions about whether Otto Porter should be the Big East Player of the Year. Each time, he basically said yes. So I decided to up the stakes a little after Georgetown's 57-46 win over Syracuse and ask the Hoyas' coach whether his dynamic sophomore should get more attention for National Player of the Year.
"Absolutely," Thompson III answered. "Don't you agree?"
I told him that, yes, I agree.
"So who's going to give him the attention if you guys don't start writing about him?" Thompson III said with a smile, at which point I asked him to give me a couple of hours. And so now here I am, following through on a promise, writing about Porter from inside the Carrier Dome, where 35,012 fans spent Saturday watching an incredible performance.
From a visitor.
Which is why the record crowd that came to see Georgetown's final scheduled appearance at this on-campus facility left a lot quieter than they arrived. Their enthusiasm that peaked when Orange legend Carmelo Anthony's number was retired during a ceremony at halftime was ripped away by a 6-foot-8 forward whose team is now -- thanks to Villanova's subsequent upset of Marquette -- all alone atop the Big East standings.